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BOYS RANCH, Fla., February 22, 2018 - ​The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches today announced it has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). As part of the accreditation process, COA evaluated all aspects of the Youth Ranches programs, services, management and administration.

"Maintaining our accreditation status is a high priority for our organization," said Bill Frye, president of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which was first accredited in 1989. "We serve thousands of children and families throughout Florida, and being accredited is part of our commitment to the highest standards of quality and care in all our programs."

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. To achieve COA accreditation, the Youth Ranches provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards, followed by peer reviews and a series of on-site interviews with staff, board members and clients. COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency's performance.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit COAnet.org.

About the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children through its four residential child-care campuses (Live Oak, Bartow, Safety Harbor and Bradenton), youth leadership and summer camping programs. Founded in 1957 by the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Youth Ranches has served more than 152,000 children and families.

The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens. Voluntary contributions are the primary source of funding, especially gifts made through special bequests in wills and trusts. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camp Association. For more information, visit youthranches.org.

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